MUSIC: STILL SINGING THE BLUES

DESPITE A NEW ALBUM AND A NEW WOMAN, JAMES TAYLOR CAN'T AVOID THE LONELINESS OF BEING HUMAN

At 49, James Taylor has lost his hair and gained a great American face. It is a face out of Steinbeck: long and spare, radiating intelligence and surprising strength for a man known for his soft lyrics. His friend Yo-Yo Ma says Taylor possesses an inner steel core that has helped him survive the traumas in his life. There have been plenty. Last year alone, his second marriage ended, and both his father Ike and his best friend and closest musical collaborator, Don Grolnick, died of cancer. Just three years earlier, he lost his brother Alex to alcoholism, a tragic reminder...

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